Machine Shop

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Machine Shop has been in continuous operation for more than 70 years. We are a professionally-staffed facility with machining personnel whose experience spans several decades in industry and service to the scientific community.

We are deeply involved in producing and developing hardware for research and development projects for students, faculty and staff. Although we may be called upon to build a shelf, a shipping crate or a display, the bulk of our output is that of machining, assembling and modifying specialized scientific equipment.

We strive to produce quality precision components. The quality of our work and the innovative approach we take to problem-solving has been recognized campus-wide. Often our customers enter our workspace with just an idea. We are able to advise in areas of problem solving, machining practicality, choices and properties of materials, and with what commercially-available components or accessories may be available to accomplish the required purpose. We have made parts that have been launched into space, and built systems or components for seabed, land-based, geological, seismological and atmospheric testing that are in use in many locations around the world.

Computer-aided design (CAD)

  • MasterCAM
  • SolidWorks
  • AutoCAD

Computer-aided machining (CAM)

  • MasterCAM

Manual Machining

  • Milling
  • Turning

Computer-numerical-control (CNC) Machining

  • Milling
  • Turning

Grinding

  • Surface
  • Cylindrical

Welding, Cutting, and Brazing

  • Plasma
  • Oxyacetylene
  • (TIG) Tungsten Inert Gas
  • (MIG) Metal Inert Gas
  • (SMAW) Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Spot Welding

Sheet Metal Fabrication

  • Bending
  • Shearing
  • Rolling

Woodworking, including construction and cabinet making

Monday - Friday
9:30 am - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Bring your drawings, sketches, samples or ideas to 105 Research Unit A. You may also upload graphics using the Shop Work Order form linked below.  All prints are to be drawn on a piece of white paper no smaller than 8 ½ x 11.  We support most CAD files however CAD files are not able to be uploaded using the form so please send your CAD files electronically to machineshop@ems.psu.edu or deliver on a flash drive.

Your name, email and clear description of the project are needed on all detailed prints.  The print must include all dimensions, material specifications and tolerances.  When you do not specify in writing, we assume the following tolerances to be acceptable:

  • Fractional dimensions: +/- 1/64 inch
  • Whole millimeters: +/-.25 mm
  • Two-place decimals: +/- .010 inch
  • Single-place decimals of mm: +/-.1 mm
  • Three-place decimals:  +/-.005 inch

Please note estimates given are not a firm price. The cost billed is based on actual time and material.

Work Order Form

It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure all materials and components brought to the EMS Shops are chemically and biologically safe to handle - no toxic residues, are not radioactive, etc.  Please, when you need our services, observe this necessary requirement.

Please note that estimates given are may not be the actual cost - the costs generated and billed will be the actual time and material.

Earth and Mineral Sciences Machine Shop
105 Research Unit A
University Park , PA 16802
Email: machineshop@ems.psu.edu

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